The Hill says strategists, ex-Obama aides and even some of the former president’s fundraisers say they were perplexed by his list of 81 endorsements, which came after most states held their primaries. “I think a lot of us have wondered why he didn’t feel the need to get involved earlier,” said one former senior Obama administration official. The Hill points out Obama’s decision to largely stay away from primaries is consistent with how many other ex-presidents have behaved, seeking to stay above internal party fights. But it has been a disappointment to those craving more input from the former president, the Hill says.
Democrats anxious over Pelosi: The Washington Post writes Democrats are growing optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House in November, but they are increasingly anxious that the presence of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it harder for many of their candidates to compete in crucial swing districts. Republicans have made the California Democrat a central element of their attack ads.
At the same time, some Democrats are expressing alarm she is standing in the way of the next generation of leaders. Some Democrats fear that anti-Pelosi attacks aimed at the Democratic candidate in this week’s special election in an Ohio congressional district helped push the Republican to a narrow lead, the Post says.
The Des Moines Register says Avenatti is scheduled to speak at a Democratic fundraiser Friday night in Clear Lake, Iowa, after touring the Iowa State Fair on Thursday. He tells the paper: “I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework.” Avenatti pushed back against criticism from some that his interest in a potential presidential run stems from an effort to raise his own personal profile.
Kobach says he’ll recuse himself: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said on Thursday he planned to recuse himself from his role overseeing the undecided gubernatorial primary race between himself and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, CNN reports.
CNN said the close Republican primary race took a turn on Thursday, with discrepancies discovered between unofficial results from the county and the state levels, and Colyer calling for Kobach to step aside from election oversight as outstanding votes are counted. As secretary of state, Kobach is Kansas’ chief elections official. Trump endorsed Kobach earlier this week.
Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.
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